Ignoring persistent or severe symptoms of acute pain can lead to its progression into chronic pain, which affects 20% of adults, especially those aged 65 and older, according to the CDC. Acute pain often stems from physical trauma, while chronic pain lasting at least two to three months may persist even after recovering from an injury or illness, with the brain being rewired to experience pain. To prevent acute pain from becoming chronic, seeking medical advice and proper pain management early on is crucial, as delaying treatment may make individuals more sensitive to pain and complicate the condition.

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